Director Sean Anders Talks About His Own ‘Instant Family’

Mark Wahlberg and Rose Byrne’s comedy/drama film, Instant Family appears to be an instant hit with both critics and audiences alike. Sure, not everyone is a fan, but I suspect that people don’t actually have kids themselves. Those that do, appreciate all of the chaos and (at times) the corniness that is a part of family life. In the movie, Wahlberg and Byrne play a couple who want to start a family, but sort of feel that they are a bit old to be just starting and find themselves looking into foster care adoption and end up adopting a teen girl and her two younger siblings. Unrealistic you say? Try telling that to Sean Anders who co-wrote the script and directed the movie. He lived it. Well, mostly.

I met Anders last week to talk about Instant Family just before the film opened and my biggest question for him was how much of this film was actually based on real life. “A lot of it,” he said and then went on telling me a story about how his family came to be.

“First of all, my …

This Day in Pop Culture for October 10

Jodi Benson was born on October 10, 1961.

A Little Mermaid is Born

Jodi Marie Marzorati was born on this day in 1961 in Rockford, Illionois. In 1984 she married actor/singer Ray Benson and became Jodi Benson. Jodi made her Broadway debut in the 1983 Kenny Ortega-directed Marilyn: An American Fable. She has also appeared on stage in Crazy For You in 1992 and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat in 1998. An earlier musical that she starred in was Smile which Howard Ashman served as the lyricist. The two worked together again in Disney’s The Little Mermaid which sealed her fate of voice the mermaid ever since. In 2007, Jodi appeared alive and in person in Enchanted. Jodi has done numerous voice acting roles, mainly for Disney, including Barbie in Toy Story 3 and the upcoming Toy Story 4 (2019) and again as Ariel in the upcoming Wreck-It Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018).

"Superman" actor Christopher Reeve died on October 10, 2014.

October 10, 2004

It was a sad day in 2004 when news broke that actor Christopher Reeve died from heart failure. He was only 52. Known for playing the role of Superman in four movies, Reeves had made other headlines for becoming paralyzed from the neck down due to a horseback riding accident in 1995. He jumped from a fictional hero to a real one as he became an advocate for spinal cord injury patients. In 1996, he gave a speech during the Academy Awards presentation urging Hollywood to create more movies about social issues. Then in 1997, he directed his first movie, In the Gloaming, from his wheelchair for HBO and starred in a remake of Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window in 1999, which also shared part of his own personal story.

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